2002 in Music

Events in Music


Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 9 Michael Jackson receives the Artist of the Century award at the American music awards

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 9 29th American Music Awards: Janet Jackson & Lenny Kravitz win

  • Jan 29 "Foolish" single released by Ashanti (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 'Always On Time' by R&B artist Ja Rule featuring Ashanti starts a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 27 44th Grammy Awards: Walk On, Alicia Keys wins

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys
Singer-songwriter
Alicia Keys
  • Mar 5 American reality TV program The Osbournes" featuring family of Ozzy Osbourne premieres on MTV

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 18 The Ramones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Guitarist Johnny Ramone
Guitarist
Johnny Ramone
  • Mar 20 16th Soul Train Music Awards: The O'Jays, Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys wins
  • May 6 "The Good Stuff" single released by Kenny Chesney (Billboard Song of the Year 2002)
  • May 11 Last performance of the musical Cats in London's West End

Film release premierFilm Release

May 16 "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" directed by George Lucas, starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman opens in cinemas

  • May 22 37th Academy of Country Music Awards: Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride & Alan Jackson win
  • May 25 47th Eurovision Song Contest: Marie N for Latvia wins singing "I Wanna" in Tallinn

Music releaseAlbum Release

May 26 Eminem releases his 4th studio album “The Eminem Show” (2002 Billboard Album of the Year, Grammy Award Best Rap Album 2003)

Rapper Eminem
Rapper
Eminem

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 4 Canadian singer Avril Lavigne releases debut album, "Let Go"

Pop Singer and Songwriter Avril Lavigne
Pop Singer and Songwriter
Avril Lavigne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 "American Idol" created by Simon Fuller with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox

Recording Executive Simon Cowell
Recording Executive
Simon Cowell
Singer & Judge of American Idol Paula Abdul
Singer & Judge of American Idol
Paula Abdul
  • Jun 12 36th CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards: Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride & Kenny Chesney win
  • Aug 29 19th MTV Video Music Awards: Eminem & Pink win
  • Oct 26 Moscow Theatre Siege ends: Approximately 50 Chechen rebels and 150 hostages die when Russian Spetsnaz storm a theater building in Moscow, which had been occupied by the rebels during a musical performance three days before
  • Nov 6 36th Country Music Association Award: Alan Jackson & Martina McBride wins
  • Nov 13 Eminem releases single 'Lose Yourself' from soundtrack of "8 Mile", 1st rap song to win Academy Award Best Original Song

Music releaseAlbum Release

Nov 18 "Up!" 4th studio album by Shania Twain is released (Billboard Album of the Year 2003)

Singer Shania Twain
Singer
Shania Twain

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 27 "Chicago" (Best Picture 2003), based on the musical, directed by Rob Marshall, starring Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere, and Catherine Zeta Jones released.


Birthdays in Music

  • Sep 23 Finn Wolfhard, Canadian actor and musician (Stranger Things, IT), born in Vancouver, Canada

Person of interestMaddie Ziegler

Sep 30 Maddie Ziegler, American dancer, actress and model, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dancer, Actress and Model Maddie Ziegler
Dancer, Actress and Model
Maddie Ziegler

Weddings in Music


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton (56) weds Melia McEnery (25) at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Surrey, London

Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Eric Clapton
Rocker, Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Eric Clapton
  • Feb 23 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 16 Oscar-winning entertainer Liza Minnelli (56) weds producer David Gest (48) at the Marble Collegiate Church in New York City

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Jun 8 Teen rock star Taylor Hanson (19) weds Natalie Bryant (18) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
  • Jun 9 "In Your Eyes" singer Peter Gabriel (51) weds Meah Flynn at Li Capanni Hotel in Italy

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 11 Musician Paul McCartney (59) weds former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (34) at Castle Leslie in County Monaghan, Ireland

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
Activist and Media Personality Heather Mills
Activist and Media Personality
Heather Mills
  • Jul 20 ABC's World News Tonight co-host Elizabeth Vargas (39) weds singer-songwriter Marc Cohn (43) at the Council on Foreign Relations

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 10 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) weds "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii

Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley
Actor Nicolas Cage
Actor
Nicolas Cage

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14 No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (42) weds lead singer and rhythm guitarist "Bush" Gavin Rossdale (46) at St. Paul's Church in London, England

Singer Gwen Stefani
Singer
Gwen Stefani
  • Sep 20 "The Monkees" lead vocalist Micky Dolenz (57) weds Donna Quinter in Calabasas, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson

Divorces in Music


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 25 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) files for divorce from the "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 months of marriage

Actor Nicolas Cage
Actor
Nicolas Cage
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley
Princess of Rock and Roll
Lisa Marie Presley

Deaths in Music

  • Jan 2 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (b. 1958)
  • Jan 2 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • Jan 3 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • Jan 7 Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • Jan 16 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • Jan 17 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 20 Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • Jan 21 Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • Jan 22 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), dies of cancer at 56
  • Jan 22 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77
  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • Feb 9 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • Feb 10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Feb 13 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • Feb 16 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24 Leo Ornstein, Russian-American composer and pianist, (born about 1893)
  • Feb 28 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 3 Harlan Howard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 7 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist best known for his works used on music album covers (Annunciation, Grain of Sand, Bitches Brew, Aleph Sanctuary), dies at 69
  • Mar 12 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), dies of heart failure at 56
  • Mar 18 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • Mar 26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)

Person of interestDudley Moore

Mar 27 Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), dies at 66

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore
  • Apr 3 Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • Apr 5 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt), dies at 34
  • Apr 20 Alan Dale, American singer (Alan Dale Show), dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • May 3 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer (Siberian Fantasy), dies at 73
  • May 6 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • May 9 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • May 17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), dies of complications following a cerebral haemorrhage at 62 (b. 1940)
  • May 28 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 5 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • Jun 5 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round), dies at 42
  • Jun 17 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 26 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman, Kismet), dies at 78
  • Jun 27 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who-Baba O'Riley), dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • Jun 29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jul 2 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • Jul 21 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, David Bowie), dies in a car crash at 59
  • Jul 28 Glenn Loren Glasow, American composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 9 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (b. 1953)

Person of interestMichael Houser

Aug 10 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), dies of pancreatic cancer at 40

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • Aug 14 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • Aug 31 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player and actor, dies at 94
  • Sep 4 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian pianist (b. 1904)
  • Sep 7 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (Piece Of My Heart), dies at 64
  • Sep 24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (b. 1915)

Person of interestRichard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • Oct 30 Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)
  • Nov 3 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • Nov 5 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters) dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • Nov 13 Michael “Mike” Stewart, American music producer, co-founder and guitarist for We Five (Let's Get Together), commits suicide at 57
  • Nov 21 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • Nov 22 Arne Mellnäs, Swedish composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 26 Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Nov 28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • Dec 4 Bernie Dwyer, British rock drummer (Freddie & The Dreamers), dies at 61
  • Dec 9 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)
  • Dec 13 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian musician (The Lovin' Spoonful) (b. 1945)
  • Dec 14 Ruth Kobart [Kahn], American actor and singer (King's Quest VII, Forum), dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), dies at age 50
  • Dec 31 Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)